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Unread 18-01-2007, 12:31   #1
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Default [18-1-2007] Galway-Athlone

Unconfirmed repoorts of a collision between a vehicle and a train in Galway this morning

It goes without saying no notice on IE site
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Unread 18-01-2007, 13:11   #2
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Can confirm a train vs van incident at a open level crossing in Oranmore this morning
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Unread 18-01-2007, 13:21   #3
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From breakingnews.ie:

"A train on the main line from Dublin to Galway has collided with a van at a level crossing this morning.

The driver of the van was injured when his vehicle was struck by the 7.10am service from Dublin in Gurraun North in Co Galway just before 10am.

None of the 120 passengers on board the train were hurt and the van driver's injuries are not thought to be serious.

However, delays are expected to rail services in the area."
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Unread 18-01-2007, 14:18   #4
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a bit more here ...
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0118/galway.html
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Unread 18-01-2007, 14:32   #5
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http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=650193

i think this is the spot
apologies for the confusing map - the rail line goes horizontal and the road that our hero was driving along runs vertical

i reckon the crash took place where the 3 mile post is marked

this used to be a tiny road to nowhere, rarely used
but in the last few years a few hundred houses have been put in to the north of the railway line - i imagine the road has got alot busier as a result
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Unread 18-01-2007, 14:44   #6
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I don't think that's the one, the level crossing you've marked in is in Ros Cam, It's a gate type crossing.
RTE's photo shows trees and there's none in rs cam that I remember.
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Unread 18-01-2007, 14:54   #7
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Crossing in question is a open ungated crossing with flashing lights, aka a type LB

The lights and warning buzzer could clearly be heard on the RTE report and the crossing looked to be to modern specification
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Unread 18-01-2007, 17:35   #8
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RosCam is the place i was talking about even though the media are saying Gurran which i've never heard of

i can't think of to many other at-grade crossings in the area apart from the one in Oranmore itself which this clearly isn't

there doesn't seem to be any other candidates on this map at any rate

(thanks to the ever resourceful Carnaun national school for the map...)
i think it's the road directly over the 'n' in Oranmore (bottom left)

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Unread 18-01-2007, 18:00   #9
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Its good to see Irish Rail can't even record a accident correctly

Quote:
Originally Posted by RSC
What is an accident?
An accident is an event that resulted in injury to one or more people.

What is an incident?
An incident is an event that resulted in the interruption of train service, the damage of assets or that had the potential to cause injury to people.

Quote:
arnród Éireann investigating Oranmore incident by Corporate Communications


18th January 2007

Iarnród Éireann is investigating this morning's incident in which the 07.10hrs Heuston to Galway train struck a van at Gurraun Level Crossing near Oranmore.

Thankfully, the driver of the van was not seriously injured, and he is currently being treated in hospital. There were no injuries to passengers or crew on board the train.

A full investigation has been launched.
Thats an accident
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Unread 18-01-2007, 18:12   #10
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Why are there open crossings on an intercity line!?

I could understand the logic of crossings on the DART lines controlled by lights and buzzers.. but on an intercity line it's quite strange.

How fast do those trains run there? 70mph + ?
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Unread 18-01-2007, 18:35   #11
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The logic is here http://www.rsc.ie/uploads/rsc/section5.pdf

Incidently the DART has one manual user operated gate crossing
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Unread 19-01-2007, 18:26   #12
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Will the drivers motor insurance be paying for the money refunded to the 120 passengers delayed 2 hours and the damage to the cú na mara and it's engine?
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